• Trade Secrets: What Your Company Needs To Know
  • December 31, 2003 | Author: John F. Hornick
  • Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P. - Washington Office
  • The world's most famous trade secret is probably the formula for Coca Cola. Famous or not, trade secrets and confidential information are the lifeblood of many companies, and virtually all companies have them. Patents and copyrights, which are creatures of federal statutes, and trademarks, which are creatures of common law with statutory benefits, are often the more visible forms of corporate intellectual property. But quietly lurking in the shadows, and often supporting a company's basic infrastructure, are its trade secrets and confidential information. This guide tells you, the business person, what you need to know about U.S. trade secret law.